Jake Lawlor Scrapbook

Identifier: AC 0572

Scope and Contents

The Jake Lawlor Scrapbook was compiled by Erma Lawlor, wife of Jake Lawlor, and presented to him at his retirement from the University in May 1972. Items continued to be added to the scrapbook until 1993. It consists of certificates, game programs, letters from University of Nevada Presidents and other colleagues, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, playbills, family and career photographs, and telegrams. Included is a Delta Xi Chapter - Sigma Nu publication from May 1928, when Lawlor was a student at the University of Nevada. His 1960 Winter Olympics "Official" patch is accompanied by a newspaper story and photograph of his service as a timer for the games at Squaw Valley. Newspaper clippings and photographs include coverage of various Nevadans, including Rollan Melton and other members of the University's coaching staff.


  • 1908-1993


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

Glenn "Jake" Lawlor, born on July 27, 1907, lettered in basketball and football while a student at the University of Nevada, graduating as a member of the class of 1930. He was a member of the Delta Xi Chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity while at the University of Nevada and was a pitcher for its baseball team in 1928 when they won the inter-fraternity baseball tournament. He was captain of the basketball team in 1929. He played baseball for the McGill team in 1928 and for the Fallon Town Club in 1932. He became the basketball coach at the Virginia City High School in the 1930s, then returned to the University in 1944 as the baseball coach and head basketball coach. He also coached football and golf at the University, becoming Director of Athletics in April 1959. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1970. He was an official timer for the 1960 Olympic Games. Governor Mike O'Callaghan proclaimed May 26, 1972, as Jake Lawlor Day in recognition of his years of service.

Lawlor died in Reno on July 11, 1980.


2.1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



Glenn "Jake" Lawlor (1907-1980) was a University of Nevada student where he played both football and basketball. Upon graduation, he coached sports in the northern Nevada area before returning to coach baseball and basketball at the University of Nevada. He eventually became the Director of Athletics from 1959 until 1970. The collection contains a scrapbook compiled by Lawlor's wife, Erma Lawlor, that was presented to him at his retirement in 1972. The scrapbook includes certificates, game programs, correspondences, photographs, and newspaper clippings, among other memorabilia.


Arranged in page order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the University of Nevada, Reno Intercollegiate Athletics Department in 2014.

Guide to the Jake Lawlor Scrapbook
Betty Glass
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA
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